Extended Unemployment Benefits To Expire For 1,400

Vermont labor officials say hundreds of people could lose their unemployment benefits if Congress fails to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. The federal unemployment insurance program that has been providing additional weeks of benefits to the long-term unemployed is set to expire.

Vt. Unemployment Climbs

Vermont’s unemployment rate has climbed again. The state Department of Labor says the rate for July was 5.7 percent. That’s up two-tenths of a percentage point from July.

House Approves Veterans Jobs Bill

(Host) The House has approved legislation that’s designed to create new job opportunities for members of the Vermont National Guard who recently returned from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan. The chairman of the House commerce committee says the bill is needed because as many as 30% of the 1500 Guard members who served in Afghanistan are out of work.

Drop in Vt. unemployment rate may be short lived

According to a new report, unemployment in Vermont dropped faster than in any other state in the country last month. But state officials believe the good news is going to be short lived and doesn’t represent a turnaround for the state economy.